Experience | AFRICAN LEGACY DAY TRIP | Authenticitys
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Neighbourhoods & Community, Food & Drink, Culture & Arts, Workshops & Classes
Everyday with appointment, starting at 08:30am
From 195
Cartagena, Colombia
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Enjoy a day trip to UNESCO World Heritage: San Basilio de Palenque and get to know the African legacy in this part of Colombia. You’ll learn all about their music and drum rhythms, if you like music this is the experience for you! You’ll also get to try Palenque’s delicious traditional food, learn their language and hear the stories about what makes their culture so unique.
Impact of this experience
This experience is all about intercultural connection with the afro-caribbean culture in Palenque Colombia.
You’ll visit a Unesco World Heritage site and learn a new language!
This is a great experience to recognize privilege and learn about the ethics of redistribution.
You’ll support a small community by learning about their life and sharing their stories.
This experience supports a local NGO serving afro and indigenous communities by advancing their rights to land and economic development.
There’s a donation done in your name supporting our partners who seek to make a difference in the lives of afro, indigenous communities and women in Colombia.
Thanks to this experience it has been possible to achieve:
Share empowering stories
Plant a seed of tolerance
Empower people!
Help create a more sustainable future
Discover beauty
Promote local economy initiatives
• Time: Day tour 6h

• Guide: Local guide and bilingual host

• Languages: English, Spanish

• Frequency: Everyday with appointment

• Good for: Adults, families, groups, solo travelleres, music fiends and professionals

• Participants: 2-20

• Private transfer

• Transport to and from hotel with AC

• Traditional snack and lunch

• Guided tour in ‘Palenque’ and introduction to ‘Palenquera’ language workshop

• Visit of Palenque and its main sites

• We recommend you wear sunblock and a hat, comfortable shoes. It’ll probably be very hot, there’s only AC during transportation.

• Extra cash in Colombian pesos if you want to purchase something that's not included in the experience.

Delve into afro-caribbean culture on this day tour, you’ll be be driven to Palenque a UNESCO World Heritage Site only and hour and a half away from the city centre. There you’ll learn about the rich cultural legacy and the importance of this rural area, its colonial history and its contemporary development.
In Palenque you’ll enjoy a walking tour, whilst you’ll learn about the Afro-Colombian, Raizal and Palenquero population traditions, and visit the historical hero Benkos Bioho Sculpture. You’ll understand why their language is so unique in a workshop and after enjoy a traditional lunch. For dessert you’ll visit a local candy factory and discover the towns candy tradition.

You’ll also get to try delicious traditional food and sweets. This is a fascinating experience for musicians and anyone interested in getting to know more about the afro Caribbean musical heritage. This is also really interesting for African legacy lovers, it’s a combination of music, history, food and social impact.

This experience supports a local NGO that supports afro and indigenous communities in Colombia helping with their rights to land and economic development. This means that just by joining this experience you’re already donating for the community’s projects.

You’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in a unique experience not even many locals know about, and of course have fun with a purpose!
1 reviews  
Cristina C.
November 2018
Professional Company and the host Paula (POW-LA) is amazing! When I came across this tour. I did some research on the town and noticed there was a festival the weekend I wanted to book. I didn't want to do the standard tour because I knew the festival would be an all day event that I wanted to be a part of and the standard tour didn't accommodate that. So I reached out via email and received an immediate response. I asked if they could customize a tour for me. That would accommodate the festival activities. They advised they would have to check and get back to me. They responded the next day advising it wouldn't be an issue to do a private tour to attend the festival. So I immediately booked with them. The communication was great and well detailed. They arrived at our hotel on time for pick-up. Our guide was POOOW-LA (Paula) inside joke. She says her name with a strong accent and I didn't realize she was saying Paula. But I looked like a fool but it was funny nonetheless. Delphi who was a local from San Basilio also joined us for the ride. Along with other team members. Along the way Paula filled us in on some history of the area and town and translated for us with Delphi. With any questions we had during the ride. It was about an hour and half ride to the town. I have to say Paula is so professional and truly made this trip amazing. Along with the other team members that joined the private tour as well. We arrive to the town at noon and you immediately feel the lively energy from the festival. We walk to a local home/restaurant for lunch. I was so happy we ate first because we were starving. They served amazing fried fish with rice and veggies. Served on a huge leaf and a piece of coconut shell carved like a tiny spoon. To use while eating. Everything was so natural and fresh. The food was absolutely amazing.
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